Case Study House No. 11 by architect J.R. Davidson. The home was built in 1946. This was the first Case Study House to be built by Davidson even though he built Case Study House No. 1, that home wasn’t built until 1948. CSH No. 11 was on the smaller size however, the floor plan was extremely efficient. Ideally situated at an angle on the lot allowing for ample outdoor living areas. Davidson built his personal house and studio on the same street. Both CSH No. 11 and Davidsons personal home/ studio were rumored to be demolished approx. 13 years later due to a new zoning law that allowed for high rise apartments to be built on North Barrington Ave.
Once upon a time, on the corner of Beverly and La Cienega boulevards, there was a magical place called Beverly Park, or better known by all who loved it, as “Kiddieland”. There were twelve child-sized rides including a roller coaster, a haunted castle, Carousel, boat rides, Dodgem bumper cars and a Ferris Wheel. The park was decorated with special hand-painted murals, flower and secret tunnels. There were food stands selling popcorn, hot dogs, cotton candy and peanuts, in striped paper bags, recognizable to anyone wo had been there.
Known as a popular place for movie stars who brought their families, hoping to get some quality time with their children. Also, a favorite for local children’s birthday parties. With Ponyland the horse-riding track for kids next door, it was a favorite place for all.
One of the regular visitors was Walt Disney himself. He would bring his children there, ask them what they loved about the attractions, then spoke with owner David Bradley about the Amusement Park industry and its development. It was Bradley who came up with the concept of the famous “Main Street” and convinced Disney to build it. Beverly Park’s popularity is still widely remembered by many.
The original site of Beverly Park is now the location of the iconic eight-story Beverly Center Shopping Mall. With its dramatic six-story series of Plexiglas tube escalators affording views of the Los Angeles Westside and the Hollywood Sign. Originally The mall contained the USA’s first ever, Hard Rock Cafe, now home to anchor tenants of Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, and a Macy’s men’s store. The mall if full of shoppers from all walks of life, reflecting L.A.’s immense diversity. Serving the high-end needs of its clientele with stores like Banana Republic, bebe, Club Monaco, Coach, Ed Hardy, Forever XXI, Kenneth Cole New York, Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret and more.
There are mall food-court staples such as Auntie Anne’s, Panda Express and Sbarro’s Pizzeria, as well as other dining choices like Chipotle Mexican Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, or P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. The Beverly Center features a thirteen-screen Mann Theatres cinema, and has itself has made cameos in several Hollywood films.
What was formerly the site of a small amusement has since blossomed into an L.A. landmark that sets the bar for the mega-mall.
The Pickfair House by architect Wallace Neff, built in the 1920s. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks bought an old hunting lodge in 1919. With the help of Wallace Neff, they transformed into a Tudor palace. Mary Pickfair lived in the home until she passed away in 1979. It traded hands and one owner, Pia Zadora, ultimately demolished the home in 1990. It was rumored that home was haunted. Pia said “You can deal with termites, and you can deal with plumbing issues, but you can’t deal with the supernatural.”
Case Study House #3 was built by architects William Wurster and Theodore Bernardi. It was during Williams time as the dean of tenure of Architecture & Planning at M.I.T. that he was involved in the project of the 3rd of the first 13 houses in the Case Study House program.
William brought on board his long-time associate, Theodore Bernardi to help. The home was designed in an H-shape layout coupling with floor-to-ceiling windows, reinforcing the concept of indoor-outdoor living.
The Case Study Houses were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day. The project was designed to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers. The home was designed 1945, completed in 1949 and sadly, demolished 2013.
The Josef Von Sternberg House by Richard Netura built in the early 1930’s. Josef Von Sternberg, a famous film director, commissioned architect Richard Netura for the construction of his home. The home was built on a 13-acre lot located in the San Fernando Valley. After switching multiple owners, the home was demolished in 1972. Later the land became a housing development, the Buckingham Estates an exclusive community of roughly 42 homes.
The Brewery Artist’s Colony Timeline 1897-1920 | Los Angeles Brewing Company (aka Eastside Beverage Co.) 1920-1926 | Zesto Beverage Co. 1933-1953 | Los Angeles Brewing Company, (aka Eastside Brewing, & Mission Brewing Co) 1953-1979 | Pabst Brewing Company 1979-Present | Carlson Industries operates facility as “The Brewery Artist Colony”
The Brewery Art Colony: From Craft Beers to Arts and Crafts By Hadley Meares, February 2, 2015
In one of LA’s oldest suburbs, Lincoln Heights, The Los Angeles Brewing Company (also known as the Eastside Brewery) broke ground on a five-story malt house in 1903. At the same time, the Edison Electric company began building its massive new power plant, with eight boilers, high-tech Curtiss turbine engine, and its famous 150-foot-tall cement smoke stack.
In 1948 Pabst purchased the complex and with extensive renovations and expansion, the new Pabst plant was formally dedicated in 1953. The 40-foot-high Pabst Blue Ribbon Sign became a landmark for drivers on the nearby Golden State Freeway. In 1979 the Pabst Brewery and soon after the Edison Plant property were purchased by Arnold “Whitey” Carlson and his sons. In 1982 Los Angeles passed the Artist-in-Residence code, allowing artists could rent studios in industrial zoned buildings. The family turned the 16-acre Brewery site into an amazing new artist colony.
The Brewery Arts Complex (also known as the Brewery Art Colony) in Los Angeles is known to be the largest live-and-work artists’ colony in the world. The Brewery is home to work studios, living lofts, restaurants, and galleries. The studios are open to the public Art Walk twice a year featuring works of artistic media, industrial design, photography, sculpture, architecture and more.
Falcon Lair by architect Wallace Neff was built in 1925. Located high in the hills above Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills. The home was built for actor Rudolph Valentino and he named the home after his unproduced film called The Hooded Falcon. After Rudolph’s sudden passing in 1926, the home switched owners a couple times before Doris Duke acquired the home. It’s rumored while Doris lived there with her jazz musician companion, the Falcon Lair became a venue for jazz concerts. Doris owned the home until she passed away. The home was sold by the Duke estate in 1998 and was demolished between 2003- 2006.
Helms Bakery | Helms Bakery District 8800 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034
For over four decades Los Angeles residents found daily joy from the Helms bakery trucks rolling down the streets. The smells of the fresh baked goods were simply intoxicating. Anyone that grew up in the Los Angeles area, has fond memories of regular field trips to the bakery to see how everything was made. It was truly a treasure for the community.
Family owned and operated its doors opened in 1931. Famous for supplying the local community fresh-baked bread delivered “Daily at Your Door.”
While no longer in the business of baked goods, the Helms Bakery building remains a cherished local landmark, recognized for its architectural significance. Today Helms Bakery District is the heart of modern furniture and design. Nestled in the heart of West L.A. Known for its award-winning restaurants and home furnishings stores.
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